The Gambia secures funding to improve essential services in rural areas. The E24 million grant was approved by the European Union (EU) on the sidelines of the Fifth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDC5), which took place from 5 to 8 March 2023 in Doha, Qatar. The grant is accompanied by an E8 million loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB).
The funding will support the implementation of a project to electrify 1,000 health centres and 100 schools in rural areas. “The project will transform our electricity sector by solarising 1,000 schools and 100 health centres, particularly in remote areas of the country. In addition, it will provide beneficiaries in the education and health sectors with clean and reliable energy, thereby reducing their carbon footprint,”explains Seedy Keita, Gambia’s Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs.